Another fun round of great book cover designs. Oft-underappreciated, these books covers cry out from the shelves to be noticed and are sometimes the only redeeming feature of a book. At the very worst, even if I haven’t enjoyed it – I’ve still been able to carry around a veritable piece of art. The Jessica Hische drop-cap series of re-issued classics published by Penguin has made my bookshelf more colorful and more plentiful as the series is practically the only hardback editions I’ve bought in years. What are your favorites?

(clockwise from top left)

  1. 2013 Man Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries – designed by Jenny Grigg.
  2. Donna Tartt’s latest The Goldfinch (2013), designed by Little, Brown & Co staff designer Keith Hayes.
  3. Helon Habila’s fantastic Oil on Water (2011) designed by Jaya Miceli.
  4. Chuck Palahniuk’s Doomed (2013), designed by Matt Buck. Art Director: Rodrigo Corral.
  5. Sue Saliba’s Alaska (2011), designed by Allison Colpoys.
  6. Amanda Lindhout’s memoir, A House in the Sky (2013), designed by Jennifer Heuer.
  7. Naoki Higashida’s The Reason I Jump (2013) – designed by Kai and Sunny.
  8. And Pippi Longstocking, just one in a series of re-imagined illustrations designed by Dana Tanamachi for Puffin Books. Art Direction by Deborah Kaplan and Kristin Logsdon.

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